A Redmond motorist struck and killed a horse wandering on SW Helmholtz Way just before midnight Monday. The driver, 23-year-old Haley Jo Shaw, was not seriously injured, but her car, a Subaru Forester, suffered heavy damage.
The dark-colored horse had escaped a nearby pasture and begun walking southbound on SW Helmholtz Way near SW Elkhorn Avenue in Redmond, according to the Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office. Shaw hit the animal broadside as she was driving north on SW Helmholtz Way. The horse rolled onto her hood and broke her windshield before falling, seriously injured, to the road, where it was later euthanized.
Shaw, the car’s only occupant, complained of minor injuries and was examined by Redmond Fire Department paramedics.
The area in which the accident occurred is a closed-range livestock district, according to police. The accident remains under investigation, and Shaw was not cited.